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Optimizing MPI communication within large multicore nodes with kernel assistance

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4 Author(s)
Moreaud, S. ; LaBRI, Univ. of Bordeaux, Talence, France ; Goglin, B. ; Namyst, R. ; Goodell, D.

As the number of cores per node increases in modern clusters, intra-node communication efficiency becomes critical to application performance. We present a study of the traditional double-copy model in MPICH2 and a kernel-assisted single-copy strategy with KNEM on different shared-memory hosts with up to 96 cores. We show that KNEM suffers less from process placement on these complex architectures. It improves throughput up to a factor of 2 for large messages for both point-to-point and collective operations, and significantly improves NPB execution time. We detail when to switch from one strategy to the other depending on the communication pattern and we show that I/OAT copy offload only appears to be an interesting solution for older architectures.

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Parallel & Distributed Processing, Workshops and Phd Forum (IPDPSW), 2010 IEEE International Symposium on

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19-23 April 2010